Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To throw with violence: flung the dish against the wall. See Synonyms at throw.
  • transitive v. To put or send suddenly or unexpectedly: troops that were flung into battle.
  • transitive v. To throw (oneself) into an activity with abandon and energy.
  • transitive v. To cast aside; discard: fling propriety away.
  • intransitive v. To move quickly, violently, or impulsively.
  • n. The act of flinging.
  • n. A brief period of indulging one's impulses. See Synonyms at binge.
  • n. Informal A usually brief attempt or effort: You take a fling at it.
  • n. A brief sexual or romantic relationship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Short, often sexual relationship.
  • n. An act of unrestrained indulgence.
  • n. An act of throwing, often violently.
  • n. An act of moving the limbs or body with violent movements, especially in a dance.
  • n. An attempt, a try (as in "give it a fling").
  • v. To throw with violence or quick movement; to hurl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cast from the hand; a throw; also, a flounce; a kick.
  • n. A severe or contemptuous remark; an expression of sarcastic scorn; a gibe; a sarcasm.
  • n. A kind of dance.
  • n. A trifing matter; an object of contempt.
  • n. a short period during which one indulges one's wishes, whims, or desires in an unrestrained manner.
  • n. a love affair.
  • n. a casual or brief attempt to accomplish something.
  • n. a period during which one tries a new activity.
  • intransitive v. To throw; to wince; to flounce.
  • intransitive v. To cast in the teeth; to utter abusive language; to sneer.
  • intransitive v. To throw one's self in a violent or hasty manner; to rush or spring with violence or haste.
  • transitive v. To cast, send, to throw from the hand; to hurl; to dart; to emit with violence as if thrown from the hand.
  • transitive v. To shed forth; to emit; to scatter.
  • transitive v. To throw; to hurl; to throw off or down; to prostrate; hence, to baffle; to defeat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To throw, cast, or hurl; especially, to throw with force, violence, or swiftness, with ardor, vehemence, disdain, impatience, or indifference: as, the waves flung the ship upon the rocks; his antagonist flung him to the ground; to fling a sarcasm at an opponent; they flung themselves suddenly upon the enemy; to fling a penny to a beggar.
  • To throw aside or off, as a burden.
  • To get rid of.
  • To act by throwing in some particular way; discharge a missile, or something analogous to a missile.
  • To aim a blow, as with a weapon; let fly.
  • To hasten; fly; rush.
  • To start away with a sudden motion, as in token of displeasure; rush away in anger.
  • To fly into violent and irregular motions; flounce; throw out the legs violently, as a horse; kick.
  • To utter harsh or abusive language; upbraid; sneer: as, she began to flout and fling.
  • n. A throw; a cast from the hand.
  • n. Entire freedom of action; wild dash into pleasure, adventure, or excitement of any kind; enjoyment of pleasure to the full extent of one's opportunities.
  • n. A lively Scotch country-dance; a reel or hornpipe, especially of the kind called the Highland fling, usually danced by one person.
  • n. A gibe; a sneer; a sarcasm; a severe or contemptuous remark.
  • n. A slight, trifling matter: in the following proverb:
  • n. A sudden or rapid throwing; a whipping action; a sidewise motion with respect to the principal direction of motion: as, the fling of a connecting-rod.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. indulge oneself
  • v. move in an abrupt or headlong manner
  • v. throw with force or recklessness
  • v. throw or cast away
  • n. the act of flinging
  • n. a usually brief attempt
  • n. a brief indulgence of your impulses

Etymologies

Middle English flingen, of Scandinavian origin; see plāk-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse flengja (Wiktionary)

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